- Injected as drug to treat lead poisoning. The calcium is displaced by lead in extracellular fluid. The resulting lead disodium EDTA is excreted in urine.
- The FDA has specified that calcium disodium edta may be used in oleomargarine not exceeding amounts of 75 parts per million. This small allowance probably accounts for the use of other preservatives in the margarine I used.
- According to Wikipedia, the preservative would really only preserve the artificial yellow color. It's just one additive in a chain of food additives that all need each other for the margarine to remotely resemble food.
- EDTA stands for ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. It is in such widespread use it has emerged as a persistant organic pollutant (POP). These pollutants can cause death and several illnessess as well as the disruptions of human body systems. Exposure to POPs can also lead to cancer and neurobehavioral diseases.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
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- Keep comments relevant.
- And be nice.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
- trans fats: this is where they come from. Even if the nutrition facts say "trans fats 0g", chances are the product still has trans fats. They are basically normal fat molecules (which we need) grossly misshapen.
- trans fats inhibit the body's ability to digest essential fatty acids (which we need), interfere with the functions of cell membranes, have zero nutritional value, and can quickly lead to obesity.
- of all hydrogenated oils. hydrogenated soybean oil can be considered the worst, as it has been shown to depress the thyroid, making the body more sluggish and obese.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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Monday, March 16, 2009
- The ancient Egyptians used locust bean gum to bind the wrapping of mummies.
- In more recent times is is used as a thickener in salad dressings, cosmetics, sauces, as an agent in ice cream that prevents ice crystals from forming, and as a fat substitute.
- In pastry fillings, it prevents "weeping" (syneresis) of the water in the filling, keeping the pastry crust crisp.
I. Eat Food
a. Don’t eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
One: Don’t eat anything incapable of rotting.
b. Avoid foods products that contain ingredients which
One: are unfamiliar;
Two: are unpronounceable;
Three: are more than five in number;
Four: or include high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
c. Avoid food products that make health claims.
d. Shop the peripheries of the super market, rather than the middle.
e. Actually, just get out of the supermarket whenever possible.
One: Shop farmers’ markets and find community-supported agriculture (CSA) box service.
II. Mostly Plants
a. Eat mostly plants, especially leaves
b. Meat should be a side-dish or a flavoring for a plant meal.
c. You are what you eat eats too.
One: Buy good meat in bulk and keep it in a separate freezer
Two: Good meat means chickens were “pastured” and beef was “grass-finished”
d. Eat like an omnivore (vary the species in your food)
e. Eat well grown food from healthy soils
One: Organic or its un-USDA approved equivalents from local farms
f. Eat wild foods when you can
g. Be the kind of person who takes supplements (except you don’t have to take supplements)
h. Eat more like the French. Or the Italians. Or the Japanese. Or the Indians. Or the Greeks.
One: That is, subscribe to culinary practices based on culture and tradition
i. Regard nontraditional foods with skepticism
j. Don’t look for the magic bullet in the traditional diet
One: The diet is greater than the sum of its parts
k. Have a glass (about 1) of wine with dinner
III. Not too much
a. Pay more, eat less
One: Don’t go back for seconds. Hara hachi bu: Eat until you are 80% full.
b. Eat meals. Don’t snack.
c. Do all your eating at a table.
d. Don’t get your fuel from the same place a car does.
e. Try not to eat alone.
f. Consciously consult your gut.
g. Eat slowly
One: As in literally, and as in Slow Food, rather than Fast Food.
Two: Say a blessing before and after every single meal or snack.
h. Cook, and if you can, plant a garden
April 16th Update: If you think you still don't know what "real food" is, see here.